Homeschool Teaching Methods Overview - Sonya Shafer (Homeschool Survival Series)

Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution

Mar 14 2022 • 37 mins

What’s Your Teaching Style? Are you Homeschooling, but not sure what method would work best for you and your family?

Sonya Shafer joins Yvette Hampton to walk us through a brief description of the five most common teaching styles, TRADITIONAL, CLASSICAL, CHARLOTTE MASON, UNIT STUDIES, and UNSCHOOLING.

Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for more than 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, which publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers.

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Teaching Methods Quiz

Want to know what homeschool teaching style suits you best? Listen to this episode and take this Quiz…

If you . . .

  • are concerned about keeping lock-step with the local school system (T)
  • don't necessarily want a plan; prefer to be spontaneous (N)
  • place great emphasis on having facts memorized (T, C)
  • love hands-on projects and activities and don't mind spending the time to prepare them(U)
  • think the teacher should be the fountain-head of all knowledge (T, C, U)
  • want school to be rigorous and challenging (C)
  • don't want to be different (T, C, U)
  • love the idea of learning from good literature and books that make the subject come alive (L)
  • want to use natural, gentle methods while holding them to a high standard (L)
  • like having the child decide what to learn and when (N)
  • want to linger with art, nature, handicrafts, music, and more (L, N)
  • want to teach the way you were taught; not have to put forth the effort of decision (T)
  • believe that true education comes from a personal relation with what is being studied, not just recognition (L, N)
  • want your children to learn how to self-educate (L, N)
  • live and die by standardized test scores (T, C)
  • want to teach all your children together for as many subjects as possible (L, U)
  • want each child to be on his or her own separate track for everything (T, C, N)
  • want something that will work for a special needs child (any)
  • something that will work well for a large family (any)
  • something that will work well for an only child (any)
  • need to tuck homeschooling around your work schedule (any)
  • need something your spouse or the grandparents can do parts of (any, depending on the spouse or grandparent)
  • want your child to be prepared to do well in college (any)
  • want your child to be prepared to do well in adult life (any)
  • want to emphasize good character development and Biblical discipleship (any)

T = Traditional

C = Classical

L = Charlotte Mason

U = Unit Studies

N = Unschooling

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Podcast Topics:  Sonya Shafer, Simply Charlotte Mason, Teaching Styles, Teaching Methods, Learning Styles, Unit Studies, Classical, Eclectic, Unschooling, Yvette Hampton, Interview, Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution, Homeschool Movie, Homeschool Documentary, Homeschool Podcast, Christian, Parenting Podcast